Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

A short adaptation in nine scenes from the Edison Manufacturing Company of the popular fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk”, directed by George S. Fleming and Edwin S. Porter and starring Thomas White as Jack. From Edison films catalog:

A grand spectacular performance in nine scenes and one tableau, illustrating the most popular fairy story ever written…. From this very simple and popular fairy tale we have produced a most pleasing, interesting and mirth producing play in motion pictures, introducing therein many surprising new tricks and dissolving effects. The subject was carefully studied, and every scene posed with a view to following as closely as possible the accepted version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. We have, for the purpose of producing comedy (which in reality is the life of any animated picture play), in some instances departed slightly from the story, in that we have burlesqued a few of the features; as, for instance, where the butcher trades the hatful of beans with Jack for his mother’s cow, we have introduced a burlesque animal made up of two men covered over with the head, horns and hide of a cow. This animal goes through many ludicrous antics, such as kicking, jig dancing, sitting down with legs crossed, etc., and finally, after strenuous efforts on the part of the butcher, suffers herself to be led away.

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